40 Best Death Scenes Of 2011

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

The Death: Optimus Prime lays the smackdown on Megatron once and for all, ignoring the baddie’s call for a truce and decapitating him.

Look Away When: Megatron’s head goes flying off…


The Death: Erik Heller (Eric Bana) manages to distract Wiegler and Isaacs from going after Hanna, killing Isaacs. But tragedy strikes when Wiegler shoots Erik, killing him.

Look Away When: The gun goes off. Sad times.

Killer Elite

The Death: Spike Logan (Clive Owen) shows he’s not above a bit of brutal murder as he confronts the Sheikh, then brutally stabs him to death.

Look Away When: Logan starts to tell the Sheikh the pictures he has are fakes. The blood starts from then.


The Deaths: Mother nature does her worst in the opening of Clint Eastwood’s drama, as Marie (Cécile de France) is caught up in the 2004 tsunami. She survives. Thousands of others don’t.

Look Away When: The tsunami hits…

The Mechanic

The Death: Bishop (Jason Statham) proves he’s top dog when it comes to killing, tricking sidekick Steve (Ben Foster) into thinking he’s dead, only to blow Steve up when he thinks he’s gotten off Scott free.

Look Away When: Steve finds a note in his car reading: “If you’re reading this you’re dead!”

Fright Night

The Death: Outfitted in a flame-retardant suit, Charley (Anton Yelchin) finally manages to stake evil vampiric neighbour Jerry (Colin Farrell).

Look Away When: Peter (David Tennant) shoots a hole in the ceiling, causing sunlight to stream in and burn Jerry…

The Resident

The Death: Pump ‘em full o’ lead? How about full o’ nails? That’s what Juliet (Hilary Swank) does at the climax of this silly stalker horror, using a nail gun on Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s creepy peeper.

Look Away When: Don’t look away, it’s hilariously daft!


The Death: The mighty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) is finally brought to his knees by Theseus (Henry Cavill), as the bronzed demi-god breaks into the temple and embeds his sword in the headdress-loving goon’s neck.

Look Away When: Theseus gets stabbed, too… Sadface.

A Lonely Place To Die

The Death: Rob (Alec Newman) has his rope cut while he’s abseiling with Alison (Melissa George), and he falls to his death on the rocks below.

Look Away When: Alison looks down to see Rob splattered on the rocks…

I Spit On Your Grave

The Death: Jennifer (Sarah Butler) sets up a clever contraption to get revenge on her assailants. She shoves a shotgun up Storch’s (Andrew Howard) behind, then attaches the tripper to Matthew’s (Chad Lindberg) wrist. When Matthew wakes up – BOOM.

Look Away When:
Storch has his intimate crevices violated by Jennifer.

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.